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Posted on 10/20/2012 4:56:17 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant
The Ark of the Covenant is an artifact associated with Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths. Depending on the source, the Ark holds the Ten Commandments, a staff that once became a snake, a portion of the Torah, and more.
After the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in the 6th Century B.C.E. (sic), the Ark of the Covenant disappeared from religious records. Where did it go? Here are eight incredible, conspiracy-minded theories.
1. The Tomb of King Tut
A 1922 picture of the early excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun shows an object, the Anubis Shrine, fits the description of the Ark of the Covenant. Shortly after photographs of the excavation spread, a small group of archaeologists to claim the artifact is indeed the Ark.
After inspecting the artifact, however, the dimensions of the Anubis Shrine do not match the purported dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant as described in religious texts.
2. A hidden room at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in France
An extremely well preserved 12th Century cathedral, Chartres Cathedral is best known for the two unusual spires straddle the building and reach a height of over 340 feet.
In the book Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral, Louis Charpentier suggests Templars found the Ark of the Covenant during the Crusades and placed the Ark within the cathedral for safe keeping. The current caretakers of the Chartres Cathedral do not make any claims to possession of the Ark of the Covenant.
3. An unmarked cave in Modern Jordan
In an account written within the second book of Maccabees, an account of Jewish history during the Babylonian captivity written in Greek during the 2nd Century B.C.E. (sic), suggests the Ark narrowly survived the Babylonian siege.
According to 2 Maccabees, the prophet Jeremiah hid the Ark and several other key objects in a cave within a mountain in Jordan prior to the Babylonian siege, hoping to protect the artifacts forever.
4. One of 64 Locations designated in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls unearthed in the late 1940s, archaeologists found one scroll featuring writing along a thin piece of copper scroll.
When translated, the scroll cites sixty-four locations containing treasures of gold and silver. One of these locations could lead to the Ark of the Covenant.
5. Held in South Africa by the Lemba Tribe
The Lemba reside in South Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, and claim to be the "lost" tribe of Israel. A 1999 DNA survey links the Lemba to priestly families in Israel, lending a small amount of evidence to this claim. The Lemba treat their Ark in accordance to the religious tenets prescribed for the Ark, carrying it on poles and avoiding contact with the chest.
Currently, a replica of the Ark of the Covenant is held at the Museum of Human Science in Zimbabwe, with the Lemba claiming the 700 year-old replica is created from the core of the original Ark of the Covenant.
6. An Ethiopian Orthodox Church
The Chapel of the Tablet at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum, a city in Northern Ethiopia, claims to have the Ark of the Covenant. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church places copies of the Ark within every affiliate church in Ethiopia.
The tale by which the Ark reached Northern Ethiopia is interesting, as the church believes Menelik, the child of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, absconded the true Ark of the Covenant in the 13th Century B.C.E. (sic) and took the Ark to Ethiopia, leaving a clever fake in its place.
7. On the bottom of Lake Tiberias
Lake Tiberias, also known as the Sea of Galiliee, is thought by a group of Shia Muslims to be the current resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
One Shia sect of Islam puts credence in a Hadith (these are most commonly sayings attributed to Mohammed or commentary on something he did) that states the Ark of the Covenant will rise from Lake Tiberias. There is catch, however the Ark will only be discovered after the rise of Mahdi, who will rule the Earth for a disputed time period prior to the Day of Judgement.
8. A government storage facility
This hiding place lacks substantial evidence, but the idea that the Ark of the Covenant is held in a nondescript crate deep in a government warehouse snuck into popular culture thanks to the Indiana Jones series and the nature of shows like Warehouse 13.
Is one of history's most sacred objects tucked away anonymously in an unknown government location? No evidence supports this resting place, but it makes for a fantastic plot point.
In Exodus (25:10-14,18-19) The Ark of the Covenant is Described as:
Frame an Ark of setim wood, the length whereof shall be of two cubits and a half: the breadth, a cubit and a half: the height, likewise, a cubit and a half. And thou shalt overlay it with the purest gold within and without...And four golden rings, which thou shalt put at the four corners of the ark...Thou shalt make bars also of setim wood, and shalt overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put them in through the rings that are in the sides of the ark, that it may be carried on them... Thou shalt make also two cherubim's of beaten gold, on the two sides of the oracle. Let one cherub be on the one side, and the other on the other.
The Angels or Cherubs or Cherubim are described in Exodus 37:9 this way:
Spreading their wings, and covering the propitiatory, and looking one toward the other, and towards it.
"The Ark was to consist of a chest made of acacia wood two-and-one-half cubits long (about 45 inches), one-and-one-half cubits wide (about 27 inches), and one-and-one-half cubits in depth. This was to be overlaid inside and out with pure hammered gold. It was to function as the repository for the two Tablets of the Covenant (the Ten Commandments).
A cover, of the same length and width, was to be made for this chest, also of pure hammered gold, called the kapporet. 2 Joined to it were to be two winged figures of pure hammered gold, called cherubim. 3 Finally, four rings, cast in gold, were to be attached to the four corners of the chest, into which two gold-plated acacia wood poles of indeterminate length were to be inserted so that the entire object could be carried. A coronet of hammered gold was to embellish the tops of the four sides of the chest. The intent was that several men, at least four, would carry the Ark on their shoulders."
I think there is a possibility that priests knowing the temple was about to be captured, hid it somewhere. It probably will never be found.
Also possible that it ended up in in Ninevah or Babylobn and then was probably eventually captured by Alexander’s men or maybe destroyed for it’s precious metals soon after it was originally taken.
Also in the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem—in a hidden cave.
It used to sit in Obed-Edom’s garage. It’s probably in another similar place hiding in plain sight.
An Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Why do you think the Muslims are excavating the Dome?
They want to find it and destroy it.
Here is what the Book of Macabees says:
2 Maccabees 1,2
4 These same records also tell us that Jeremiah, acting under divine guidance, commanded the Tent of the Lord’s Presence and the Covenant Box to follow him to the mountain where Moses had looked down on the land which God had promised our people. When Jeremiah got to the mountain, he found a huge cave and there he hid the Tent of the Lord’s Presence, the Covenant Box, and the altar of incense. Then he sealed up the entrance.
6 Some of Jeremiah’s friends tried to follow him and mark the way, but they could not find the cave. When Jeremiah learned what they had done, he reprimanded them saying, ‘No one must know about this place until God gathers his people together again and shows them mercy. At that time he will reveal where these things are hidden, and the dazzling light of his presence will be seen in the cloud, as it was in the time of Moses and on the occasion when Solomon prayed that the Temple might be dedicated in holy splendor.’
RICK: "What have you got there?"
CUSTOMER: "The Ark of the Covenant."
RICK: "Where did you get it?"
CUSTOMER: "I picked it up at a garage sale. My wife's been bugging me to get it out of the garage."
RICK: "Yeah, well, before I can make you an offer, I'll need to bring someone in to authenticate it.....Chumley! Get the Pope on the phone!"
It was moved to the Island of St. Croix in the Caribbean by the Knights of Malta.
What if it’s not really hidden anywhere? What if... it’s just a piece of a story and never truly existed in a physical form? Isn’t that within the realm of possibility?
Top men are on this. Top men.
I don’t know where it is - but when they find it, Jimmy Hoffa’s body and Obama’s original birth certificate are right next to it ...
Will you please cut to the chase and tell us...and save us having to listen all 11 video’s by this John the Baptist wannabe, or whatever he thinks he is?
I don’t believe that God would have allowed it to be destroyed.
The Mafia buried it under the Meadowlands.
Pretty bizarre claim given that it disappeared hundreds of years before Christianity and around a thousand years before Islam.
I would like to know how it became associated with “the islamic faith”. There’s simply no end to the garbage from these neanderthals.
Yeah well, I’m not gonna open it. Too heavy, sitting here between all the .22’s and the ten kiloton nuke. But now it will all have to be lost in a regrettable boating accident.
I’ll just cut a notch in the boat so I remember where it is...
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